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bootleg

noun boot·leg \ -ˌleg , -ˌlāg \
Updated on: 15 Apr 2018

Definition of bootleg

1 : the upper part of a boot
2 : something bootlegged: such as
a : moonshine
b : an unauthorized audio or video recording
3 : a football play in which the quarterback fakes a handoff, hides the ball against his hip, and rolls out — compare draw 8

bootleg

adjective

Examples of bootleg in a Sentence

  1. She was arrested for selling bootlegs online.

  2. getting caught with bootleg during Prohibition could have resulted in a jail sentence

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First Known Use of bootleg

1634

in the meaning defined at sense 1

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bootleg

verb

Definition of bootleg

1 a : to carry (alcoholic liquor) on one's person illegally
b : to manufacture, sell, or transport for sale (alcoholic liquor) illegally
2 a : to produce, reproduce, or distribute illicitly or without authorization
b : smuggle
1 : to engage in bootlegging
2 : to run a bootleg play in football

bootlegger

noun

Examples of bootleg in a Sentence

  1. He bootlegged the show and gave copies to several friends.

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First Known Use of bootleg

1898

in the meaning defined at transitive sense 1a

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BOOTLEG Defined for English Language Learners

bootleg

Definition of bootleg for English Language Learners

  • : an illegal copy of a video, CD, etc., or an illegal recording of a live performance

  • : alcohol that is made or sold illegally


bootleg

Definition of bootleg for English Language Learners

  • : to illegally copy (a video, CD, etc.) or illegally record (a live performance)

  • : to make or sell (alcoholic liquor) illegally


Law Dictionary

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bootleg

noun boot·leg

legal Definition of bootleg

: something bootlegged

bootleg

adjective

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bootleg

verb

legal Definition of bootleg

bootlegged; bootlegging
1 : to produce, reproduce, or distribute without authorization or license
2 : smuggle — compare pirate
: to engage in bootlegging

bootlegger

noun


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